Cyrenaica (Eastern Libya)
On Friday a bomb exploded in the early hours outside the Libya Hurra television station in Benghazi. There were no casualties but damage was done to the building and cars parked in the vicinity. The station is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and the attack is assessed to have been committed by Federalists.
Saturday saw clashes involving the Army’s Special Forces – Saiqa Brigade – that was brought into Benghazi to restore control following the Libya Shield Brigade’s killing of 31. The clashes were as a result of Libya Shield seeking to recover some of its operating bases from which it had been evicted by the Saiqa Brigade. It is reported that the clashes with the Libya Shield have resulted in the deaths of six of the Saiqa Brigade as well as others being wounded. A number of the Libya Shield Brigade have been also killed and wounded.
On Sunday, a senior judge was killed in a drive by shooting outside the courthouse in Derna. The attack, thought to have been carried out by Salafist militias, took place despite the increase in security arrangements for the court building and its employees.
The city remains tense and further clashes are likely in the coming days. The cabinet is strengthening the security forces in the city and plans to hold its weekly security meeting in Benghazi tomorrow rather than in Tripoli as normal.
Fezzan (South-western Libya)
A Libya Shield unit was ambushed this week on Thursday as it was transporting vehicles to one of its bases in Sabha. The attack occurred in Kira some 100km north of Sabha. The ambush killed two including the convoy's commander Colonel Salah. The attackers are believed to have been from the Zaiwa Martyrs Brigade.